Simple Tricks to Make Your Dog Bathing Easy
Senior dogs love rolling around in mud and stepping in puddles just as much as any other pup, so baths are something you’ll still have to do, even when your dog grows old. However, bathing a dog requires patience, care and planning. If you want your dog to have a good bathing experience, here’s a guide on how to make bathing your best four-legged friend easier.
Firstly, make sure you have all the necessary supplies...
First, you should check if you have all the necessary supplies such as several towels for drying off, a brush, your dog’s shampoo and conditioner and a large cup for pouring water over the dog. It’s important to get your dog an appropriate shampoo because some dogs are more prone to allergies and skin inflammation. Also, dog’s paws and snouts get more sensitive with age, so you can get some special nourishing balms to soothe them.
Ready the water
You can have your dog in the bathroom while you prepare the water. Have them hear the sound of the water and get used to the environment before putting them in the tub. The water should be lukewarm and there should only be about an inch of water in the tub.
Be gentle and patient
Don’t shock your dog by plunging them right into a full tub. It’s better if you ease your dog by gently talking and stroking them while getting them slowly into the water. Some dogs may have problems with stiff joints, so consider lifting them into the tub. You should talk to your furry friend during the whole process of bathing. Hearing your voice will calm them down and make the experience go smoother.
Turn your bathroom into a doggie spa
Once your dog is in the bath, shampoo them and gently massage the shampoo into their fur. This part can be quite pleasurable for your dog. Don’t forget to give them a whole-body treatment. Use washcloths to clean their eyes and ears, around the mouth and under the chin.
Keep your eyes open
While giving your dog a bath, you can also do a little health exam. Check their ears for discolouration and odour, eyes for discharge and mouth for teeth plaque and redness or swelling of the gums. Gently remove all matter collected in the corner of the eyes with a damp washcloth and clean your pup’s ears. If you find any of the irregularities, swelling, redness and discolouration, as well as offensive odour, make sure to contact your veterinarian.
When drying off, it’s best to towel dry your dog, let them shake off the water and dry naturally. Dogs usually love being rubbed down with a towel, so it’s going to be quite pleasurable for them. Once they’re dry, brush them to remove tangles. If it’s cold outside, it’s good to use a blow dryer, but use the lowest speed and temperature setting. Speak softly while drying off and be gentle and patient.
Give your pup lots of love
Once the whole process is over, allow your dog to rest. Bathing can be quite exhausting for both of you, so peace is what you need after. Give your dog lots of praise and some treats. Prepare something delicious, like well-known Royal Canin puppy food or whatever your dog’s favourites are, and reward your dog for good behaviour.
Bathing your dog doesn’t have to be stressful. You just need a couple of necessities at hand, as well as to be patient, calm and gentle, and both you and your dog will enjoy this beautiful bonding experience.
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